MA Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate Psychodynamic Supervision
Registered Manager Health and Care
UKCP Registered since 2003
Psychosynthesis can be described as a psychology of hope which emphasises that we all have potential and that we strive to live our lives to the fullest. It acknowledges our need for meaning and purpose and recognises how all of us endeavour to connect to joy, beauty and love. Yet it does not deny the suffering and pain we can experience because of our past, our history or our unease with who we are. While directing us towards our possibilities it also recognises our shadow side such as our anger, fear, jealousy and inadequacy.
In addition psychosynthesis includes all of our different parts; our sense of our body, the feelings we experience, the thoughts we have. It includes how we relate to our sexuality and what it means to be a man or a woman. It also acknowledges our need for spirituality in our lives. This could be a need for a formal spiritual practice or it could be our sense of connection with nature, art, community and such deep experiences as harmony, confidence and love. As a psychology of hope, the approach of psychosynthesis helps us to bring together all these various parts of ourselves, the struggles that we could have with these and to become more than who we are.
‘There is in each of us a longing to see beyond what our usual sight tell us’ James Hillman
I was born and educated in the Netherlands and have lived in Scotland since 1984. Having run my own arts and crafts business I then turned to the field of mental health and addictions where I have been working as a senior manager for many years.
My psychotherapy and counselling training began in 1993 and I now hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy as well as a Certificate in Psychodynamic Supervision. I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and accredited with the Association of Psychospiritual Practitioners.
In my psychotherapy practice I bring together this combined experience from the creative, management and psychotherapy fields and I am particularly interested in the spontaneous creative processes involved in psychotherapy and counselling.
I continue to have a keen interest in the arts and love the outdoors. My heart soars when out in the hills taking in the vastness of the Scottish landscape.
I can offer psychotherapy and counselling both in English and Dutch. In addition to my therapeutic practice I also offer supervision, introductory workshops in psychosynthesis and consultancy work with organisations.